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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805071/a-systematic-review-of-quality-of-life-of-adults-on-the-autism-spectrum
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Michael Ayres, Jeremy R Parr, Jacqui Rodgers, David Mason, Leah Avery, Darren Flynn
Autism spectrum disorder is associated with co-existing conditions that may adversely affect an individual's quality of life. No systematic review of quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum has been conducted. Our objectives were as follows: (1) review the evidence about quality of life for adults on the autism spectrum; (2) critically appraise current practice in assessing quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum. We searched bibliographic databases and other literature to identify studies using a direct measure of quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum...
August 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804990/characterizing-the-experience-of-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-and-accompanying-delusions-in-individuals-with-a-diagnosis-of-bipolar-disorder-a-systematic-review
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L M Smith, L C Johns, Rlc Mitchell
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current study was to inform ongoing attempts to identify clinically meaningful subcategories of auditory verbal hallucination (AVH), and to evaluate evidence that might pertain to the suitability of current psychological interventions for people with bipolar disorder (BD) who experience psychotic symptoms. METHODS: A comprehensive synthesis of findings on the phenomenology of AVH and delusions in BD is included, alongside a critical review of clinical and cognitive correlates...
August 14, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804813/a-systematic-review-of-the-clinical-applications-and-complications-of-bone-marrow-aspirate-concentrate-in-management-of-bone-defects-and-nonunions
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Mohamed A Imam, James Holton, Lukas Ernstbrunner, Wojciech Pepke, Florian Grubhofer, Ali Narvani, Martyn Snow
PURPOSE: Fracture healing encompasses a succession of dynamic multifactorial metabolic events, which ultimately re-establishes the integrity of the biomechanical properties of the bone. Up to 10% of the fractures occurring annually will need additional surgical procedures because of impaired healing. The aim of this article is to review the current literature regarding the use of bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) and its effectiveness in the management of bone defects. METHODS: We have included all published clinical literature investigating the development, techniques and applications of BMAC...
August 13, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801432/psychiatric-disorders-among-people-with-cancer-in-low-and-lower-middle-income-countries-study-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zoe J Walker, Michael P Jones, Arun V Ravindran
INTRODUCTION: Cancer is a rapidly growing public health problem in low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs). There is evidence from upper-income countries that comorbid mental illness is common and can adversely impact cancer outcomes. Little is known about this burden in LLMICs. This systematic review has two aims. The first is to review the prevalence and patterns of psychiatric comorbidity in adults with cancer in LLMICs. The second is to review psychiatric treatment outcomes in this population...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800059/the-impact-of-educational-interventions-on-attitudes-of-emergency-department-staff-towards-patients-with-substance-related-presentations-a-quantitative-systematic-review
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Miriam Gonzalez, Diana E Clarke, Asha Pereira, Krystal Boyce-Gaudreau, Celeste Waldman, Lisa Demczuk, Carol Legare
BACKGROUND: Visits to emergency departments for substance use/abuse are common worldwide. However, emergency department health care providers perceive substance-using patients as a challenging group to manage which can lead to negative attitudes. Providing education or experience-based exercises may impact positively on behaviors towards this patient population. Whether staff attitudes are similarly impacted by knowledge acquired through educational interventions remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: To synthesize available evidence on the relationship between new knowledge gained through substance use educational interventions and emergency department health care providers' attitudes towards patients with substance-related presentations...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800058/effectiveness-of-mifamurtide-in-addition-to-standard-chemotherapy-for-high-grade-osteosarcoma-a-systematic-review
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Rincy Jimmy, Cindy Stern, Karolina Lisy, Sarahlouise White
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma mostly occurs during the period of rapid bone growth in children and adolescents as high-grade osteosarcomas. Current treatment recommended for high-grade non-metastatic and metastatic and/or relapsed osteosarcoma involves neoadjuvant multiagent conventional chemotherapy, followed by surgical resection of macroscopically detected tumor and postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy. However, residual micrometastatic deposits that develop following surgery have shown resistance to postoperative/adjuvant chemotherapy...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800057/experiences-of-gynecological-cancer-patients-receiving-care-from-specialist-nurses-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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Olivia Cook, Meredith McIntyre, Katrina Recoche, Susan Lee
BACKGROUND: The care needs of women with gynecological cancer are complex and change over the course of their cancer journey. Specialist nurses are well positioned to play a role in meeting the needs of women with gynecological cancer although their role and scope of practice have not been well defined. As patients are a key stakeholder, understanding their experience of care is an important step in better defining the role and scope of practice of specialist nurses in gynecological oncology in Australia and New Zealand...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800056/effectiveness-of-structured-planned-post-discharge-support-to-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-for-reducing-readmission-rates-a-systematic-review
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Preben Ulrich Pedersen, Karen Bagger Ersgard, Tina Brandt Soerensen, Palle Larsen
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease, characterized by airflow limitation. The disease has a significant impact on the lives of patients and is a challenge for the health care due to readmissions to hospitals. OBJECTIVES: This review aimed to identify, appraise and synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of discharge interventions that can reduce readmission of patients with COPD. TYPES OF PARTICIPANTS: Hospitalized patients, aged 18 years or over, who had been diagnosed with COPD and were admitted to hospital due to acute exacerbation...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799657/treatment-of-eustachian-tube-dysfunction-with-balloon-dilation-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jolien Marieke Lieselot Huisman, Froukje Jantina Verdam, Inge Stegeman, Jacob Alexander de Ru
OBJECTIVE: Balloon dilation is a new entity in the therapeutic approach of Eustachian tube dysfunction. The aim of this systematic review is to evaluate the success of balloon dilation of the tuba auditiva in reducing symptoms in adult patients with Eustachian tube dysfunction. DATA SOURCES: Embase, PubMed, and Cochrane Library. REVIEW METHODS: The systematic literature search was conducted independently by two authors based on title and abstracts, and resulted in 36 articles...
August 11, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799093/an-appraisal-of-critical-effect-sizes-for-the-benchmark-dose-approach-to-assess-dose-response-relationships-in-genetic-toxicology
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Andreas Zeller, Gonzalo Duran-Pacheco, Melanie Guérard
The benchmark dose (BMD) concept is increasingly utilized to analyze quantitative dose-response relationships in genetic toxicology. This methodology requires the user (i.e. the toxicologist) to a priori define a small increase over controls that is "acceptable" to be induced by a genotoxic test substance. The increase is called benchmark response (BMR) or critical effect size (CES), depending on the software used. To render the metrics calculated from the data of animals treated with the test substance applicable for risk assessment, the BMR or CES must represent biologically relevant changes of parameters measured in in vivo genotoxicity assays such as the Micronucleus, Comet, Transgenic rodent or Pig-a assay...
August 10, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797850/advance-care-planning-in-palliative-care-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Hille Voss, Anique Vogel, Annemieke Ma Wagemans, Anneke L Francke, Job Fm Metsemakers, Annemie M Courtens, Anke Je de Veer
CONTEXT: Advance care planning (ACP) is defined as a person-centred, ongoing process of communication that facilitates patients' understanding, reflection and discussion of goals, values and preferences for future care. There is evidence for the general palliative care population that ACP increases compliance with patients' end-of-life preferences and improves quality of care near the end of life. OBJECTIVES: To gain insight into what is known about the use and effects of ACP in palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities (ID)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797182/a-systematic-review-of-workplace-disclosure-and-accommodation-requests-among-youth-and-young-adults-with-disabilities
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Sally Lindsay, Elaine Cagliostro, Gabriella Carafa
PURPOSE: The objective of this systematic review is to critically appraise the literature on disability disclosure and workplace accommodations for youth and young adults with disabilities. METHODS: Systematic searches of nine international databases identified 27 studies meeting our inclusion criteria. These studies were analyzed with respect to the characteristics of the participants, methodology, results of the studies and the quality of the evidence. RESULTS: Among the 27 studies, 18,419 participants (aged 14-33, mean 23...
August 10, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797127/the-resqu-index-a-new-instrument-to-appraise-the-quality-of-research-on-birth-place
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Saraswathi Vedam, Chris Rossiter, Caroline S E Homer, Kathrin Stoll, Vanessa L Scarf
OBJECTIVE: Place of birth is a known determinant of health care outcomes, interventions and costs. Many studies have examined the maternal and perinatal outcomes when women plan to give birth in hospitals compared with births in birth centres or at home. However, these studies vary substantially in rigour; assessing their quality is challenging. Existing research appraisal tools do not always capture important elements of study design that are critical when comparing outcomes by planned place of birth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797009/left-main-coronary-stenosis-surgery-still-reigns
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Marc Ruel, Hidetake Kawajiri, David Glineur, Juan Grau, Mario Gaudino, Subodh Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has been regarded as the mainstream treatment for unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) stenosis. However, the results of the Evaluation of XIENCE versus Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery for Effectiveness of Left Main Revascularization (EXCEL) trial, in which percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was deemed noninferior to CABG, have raised a question whether the guidelines should be changed. This article provides a critical appraisal of recent randomized control trials (RCTs) on ULMCA stenosis...
September 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795775/interventions-to-reduce-perceived-stress-among-graduate-students-a-systematic-review-with-implications-for-evidence-based-practice
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Susan B Stillwell, Amber L Vermeesch, Jane G Scott
BACKGROUND: Stress is a part of daily life for graduate students, including graduate nursing students. Contemporary graduate nursing students are facing unprecedented challenges to meet rigorous academic standards as they prepare for their advanced professional role to meet the demands of the nation's complex and ever-changing healthcare system. Empowering graduate nursing students to ease their perceived stress and minimize undesirable health effects may benefit their capacity to adapt and successfully manage perceived stress in their future healthcare role...
August 10, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795475/the-state-of-danish-nursing-ethnographic-research-flowering-nurtured-or-malnurtured-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt, Bente Martinsen, Lene Bastrup Jørgensen, Erik Elgaard Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Nursing was established in Denmark as a scholarly tradition in the late nineteen eighties, and ethnography was a preferred method. No critical review has yet summarised accomplishments and gaps and pointing at directions for the future methodological development and research herein. AIM: This review critically examines the current state of the use of ethnographic methodology in the body of knowledge from Danish nursing scholars. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature search in relevant databases from 2003 to 2016...
August 9, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794855/allergen-immunotherapy-for-allergic-rhinoconjunctivitis-a-systematic-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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REVIEW
Ulugbek Nurmatov, Sangeeta Dhami, Stefania Arasi, Graham Roberts, Oliver Pfaar, Antonella Muraro, Ignacio J Ansotegui, Moises Calderon, Cemal Cingi, Stephen Durham, Roy Gerth van Wijk, Susanne Halken, Eckard Hamelmann, Peter Hellings, Lars Jacobsen, Edward Knol, Desiree Larenas-Linnemann, Sandra Y Lin, Vivian Maggina, Hanneke Oude-Elberink, Giovanni Pajno, Ruby Panwankar, Elideanna Pastorello, Constantinos Pitsios, Giuseppina Rotiroti, Frans Timmermans, Olympia Tsilochristou, Eva-Maria Varga, Jamie Wilkinson, Andrew Williams, Margitta Worm, Luo Zhang, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is developing Guidelines on Allergen Immunotherapy (AIT) for Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis (ARC). To inform the development of recommendations, we sought to critically assess the systematic review evidence on the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of AIT for ARC. METHODS: We undertook a systematic overview, which involved searching nine international biomedical databases from inception to October 31, 2015...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793996/ultra-processed-foods-in-human-health-a-critical-appraisal
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Michael J Gibney, Ciarán G Forde, Deirdre Mullally, Eileen R Gibney
The NOVA classification of foods proposes 4 categories: unprocessed or minimally processed foods, processed culinary ingredients, processed foods, and ultra-processed foods and drinks (UPFDs). It is argued that the latter relies heavily on modifications to foods, resulting in enhanced amounts of salt, added sugar, and fat as well as the use of additives in an attempt to make this food category highly palatable. It further argues that controlling food processing, rather than examining nutrients, should be foremost in shaping nutrition policy...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793382/transitioning-into-new-clinical-areas-of-practice-an-integrative-review-of-the-literature
#19
REVIEW
Grant R Kinghorn, Elizabeth J Halcomb, Terry Froggatt, Stuart Dm Thomas
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This review aims to critically synthesise research related to the transition of Registered Nurses into new areas of clinical practice. BACKGROUND: Global workforce shortages and rising health care demands have encouraged Registered Nurses to move into new clinical settings. While a body of literature reports on the transition of newly qualified nurses, evidence surrounding the transition of more experienced Registered Nurses to new clinical areas remains poorly explored...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790471/should-total-hip-arthroplasty-be-performed-acutely-in-the-treatment-of-acetabular-fractures-in-elderly-or-used-as-a-salvage-procedure-only
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Katharine Hamlin, Gabija Lazaraviciute, Michalis Koullouros, Tarak Chouari, Iain M Stevenson, Steven W Hamilton
BACKGROUND: Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is now an increasingly common procedure for people sustaining acetabular fractures. The incidence of acetabular fractures among the elderly population is increasing, and contemporary treatment aims to avoid the risks of prolonged incumbency associated with poor bone stock for fixation or inability to comply with limited weightbearing in this patient group. The concept of acute hip arthroplasty as a treatment for acetabular fracture is, therefore, becoming more topical and relevant...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
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